Each snowflake is unique but can make up one blanket of snow!
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Unique as a Snowflake
It snowed last night (as I write this). But that’s a bit of an understatement!
In our part of the world, it came down blowing and drifting, heavy and wet. There are seven inches of newly fallen snow in my backyard today.
There was no school and we also closed the church office as the roads were treacherous and our parking lot needed to be plowed out.
I tried to help a bit by clearing the walk and driveway around The Parsonage where my family and I live.
All that snow was made up of billions of individual, unique snowflakes – no two exactly alike. Each one a God-wrought work of art. But when all bunched together, they make a cold, uniformed layer of white that is fun to play in and beautiful to look at.
The Church is One Made Up of Many
God’s Church is similar.
Each Christian is a unique individual. Everyone God calls by name and makes his own he gifts with talents and treasures. No two Christians are exactly the same.
One may be a tremendous singer. Another may be especially gifted in sewing and needlepoint. There are some Christians that are able to tell a story in their own special way, while others use physical prowess in athletic contests to draw attention to Jesus and give glory to God.
The Church is one. There is only “one holy Christian and Apostolic Church” – as the third article of the Apostles’ Creed is confessed in Lutheran (and other) churches.
But the Church is made up of billions of individual, unique people – no two exactly alike.
Yet all are saved from sin, death, and the power of the devil by only one – the God-Man Jesus Christ!
As I look out over the snow-covered ground around my house, I remember that God has made all of us unique but calls all of us into one Church – for his glory and love of our neighbors!
Heavenly father, thank you for your amazing creation. I marvel at the intricate beauty of snowflakes. May they remind me that I am just as intricately made but still a part of the one holy Christian and Apostolic Church! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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